Peanut Butter Banana + Chocolate Sweet Panini

banana panini1 Peanut Butter Banana + Chocolate Sweet Panini

If Elvis Ate Organic…

It is widely known that the King had lustful cravings for fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I can envision these beauties being served to him with a scene of hankering hip swaying and an ultimate falling to the knees. If only I had the chance to serve him this version oozing with chocolate and a sprinkling of crystalline sea salt.

I love panini for their sheer simplicity. They have a slim list of ingredients and thus it is imperative to use the BEST ingredients you can find. Even if that means flying it in from Italy, France or Zimbabwe!

Last year my panini press broke at the Lincoln Park boutique and I was devastated at the thought of my pressing being temporarily halted.  So, I had to improvise. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. I began using my waffle iron to press panini and I haven’t missed that old press since. You can also place the sandwich in an iron skillet and cover it with another iron skillet. You will have to flip the sandwich with this method since heat is only coming from one side. Or, use a clothing iron on the other side.

This Organic Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Banana panini is particularly special when using a specific butter that has coarse grains of grey sea salt in the butter. It is from Isigny Ste Mere and can be found at Wholefoods or other specialty markets. If you can’t find the butter, mix some coarse Maldon Sea Salt from England or Murray River Pink Flake Salt from Australia into softened unsalted butter.

I like to serve panini wrapped in parchment paper and tied with butcher twine. Or, cut them and line them up on a wooden board at parties.  My favorite is the wine barrel lazy Susan from Vivaterra.

Further experimentation of savory and sweet panini is my wont so stay tuned for many more varietals to pop up soon.

Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Panini

Yields One Sandwich.

Equipment needed: Panini press or waffle iron or clothes iron and cast iron pan

2 Italian country bread slices about 4-5 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick
2 tbsp Sea salted butter, the great French brand, Isigny Ste Mere or make your own by mixing 1/2 tsp Maldon salt and 2 tbsp of a fabulous butter. One of my favorites is from Vermont Butter and Cheese Company
Pinch Maldon salt
2 squares Vosges‘ Organic Peanut Butter Bonbon Bar
½ organic banana

Spread butter on all sides of the bread. Place peanut butter bar squares on one piece of bread, followed by sliced banana and a sprinkle of salt. Place other piece of buttered bread on top and press with Panini press until golden brown.


-Make sure your bread doesn’t have many gaping holes or your fillings may seep through and burn on the iron.

- If you don’t have a Panini press substitute with a waffle iron as you see I did in the photos. Or try a cast iron skillet hold with a clothes iron on top – quite the contraption I assure you.

-Make sure the bread you use isn’t overly crusty or it may cut your mouth a bit when pressed. At the same time, don’t choose a overly soft bread, not a good sign of quality bread and it won’t have the rigidity needed. I suggest a crusty ciabatta or Italian peasant bread.

-Use Organic or home grown where possible.

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17 Responses to “Peanut Butter Banana + Chocolate Sweet Panini”

  1. CakeSpy says:

    This is my kind of sandwich!

  2. Betty K says:

    A decadently luxurious spin on a low-down guilty treat! Have to add one sour note: “Panino” is the Italian singular – one sandwich; “panini” is the plural. No such beast as “paninis.” :-)

  3. Shannalee says:

    Brilliant! I have regretted my lack of a sandwich press, but there is definitely a waffle iron around here somewhere. I know exactly what to do with it now! Thanks!

  4. raquel raney says:

    Woah! loving your blog. such great images! thanks for sharing. .

  5. carli says:

    Lord have mercy…this sounds AMAZING! I’ll be making this in a day or two. Thanks for posting. I love your creativity and can’t wait to try out some of these recipes!

    I put a link to your site on my blog…hope you don’t mind. Feel free to check it out if you’d like. It is titled “Velveeta Ain’t Food”

  6. molly says:

    I was wondering how the bread came out looking like it does, a waffle iron! what innovation! Chefs never cease to amaze me when it comes to improvisation in the kitchen. the panini sounds delish too.

  7. Miakoda says:

    They look sooo appealing, the perfect snack!

  8. Ken Albala says:

    Katrina, This is such a fabulous idea. I am breaking out my waffle iron tonight!

    I’m still waiting for tobacco to show up in chocolate. Do you remember trying some in the parking lot of Copia with me a few years ago?


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  11. gamergf says:

    If Elvis ate organic peanut butter and sea-salted butter, I’m pretty sure he’d still die of a heart attack.

    At least this would be a more delicious demise.

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    Which comes to my thought that I was always wondering when someone would come out
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  16. Leah Perez says:

    i love both peanut butter and cheeze as the filling of my morning sandwhich.’,;

  17. Fabie says:

    I think I am in love. The waffle iron panini is ingenious.

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